Festival of Quilts

Festival of Quilts

Each year, Cunningham Children’s Home hosts its Festival of Quilts in the Spiritual Life Center on the Cunningham campus in Urbana. The Festival is Cunningham’s signature fundraiser and honors the tradition of the United Methodist Women, and the quilts they, and quilters from across Illinois, have donated for our kids since 1895. 

The Festival includes a collection of show quilts that creatively blur the lines between conventional quilt making and fine art. Quilts of all sizes are also available to purchase through our quilt auction and quilt boutique. Participants may also enjoy home-baked goods from the bake sale, lunch at the Patchwork Café and handcrafted items from the gift shop. Admission to the Festival is a suggested $5 donation per person and all proceeds will benefit children and youth served by Cunningham.

The Festival went HYBRID (online and in-person) in 2021. Learn all about it HERE!

About the Festival:

For a suggested donation of $5 for admission,the Festival of Quilts, our signature fundraiser, features something for everyone:

  • QUILT SHOW with hundreds of hand and machine quilted pieces including contemporary designs as well as antique quilts on loan for the show
  • QUILT AUCTION featuring beautiful traditional and contemporary quilts and wall hangings
  • GIFT SHOP packed with generously donated handcrafted items
  • BAKE SALE with delicious homemade goodies and treats
  • QUILT BOUTIQUE with quilts, wall hangings, and table runners for purchase
  • WALKING TOURS of Cunningham’s Urbana campus to learn more about the mission and ministry of Cunningham Children’s Home 
  • FEATURED SPEAKERS detailing their quilting expertise

We celebrate a tradition that offers warmth, comfort, and hope to the youth at Cunningham.

To Volunteer:

To volunteer, please contact Colleen Combes at 217.337.9058 or by email

Become a Sponsor:

For additional information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Colleen Combes at 217.337.9058 or by email.


2020 Festival of Quilts recap

2019 Festival of Quilts recap

2018 Festival of Quilts recap

2017 Festival of Quilts recap